May 29, 2014 — By Dale Mugford

WPtouch Updates: Free goes international, better custom post types, and more!

If you’re running WPtouch on your website, you’ll find something fresh in your admin panel today. Here’s what we’ve been working on for the version 3.3.2 WPtouch update:

Language selection

We are very proud that WPtouch is available in numerous languages – both the administration tools and front-end interface are internationalized. Although we’ve been teasing the availability of the internationalized version to free users, this week’s update brings the multilingual experience to all users of WPtouch.

Custom post types

Custom post type display has been in WPtouch since version 2.5. Although there have been several updates to the feature since then, displaying post types registered in the desktop theme proved challenging. This week’s update to WPtouch completes an overhaul of custom post type support in WPtouch with completely rewritten handling on the admin and display side. Regardless of how and where your post types are registered, they’ll be available for selection and display to your mobile visitors – and you won’t even have to load the desktop theme’s functions.php to make it happen!

Everything else

Support

To make activating sites a little easier, we now display the email address associated with your license alongside your license key.

WPtouch

Forms created with Contact Form 7 are now more usable and better rendered on mobile devices.

When enabled, related posts are now displayed before the next/previous links.

It is now easier to see what features will be available when upgrading from free to pro.

Fixed: Titles sometimes included HTML entities in shared Twitter content.

Fixed: When clicking comment links in Web App Mode (iOS), some visitors reported being kicked into Safari.

Fixed: Open’s display of hours was unclear on early Android devices.

May 15, 2014 — By Dale Mugford

Open – A New Mobile Theme For Small Business

mobile site for small business

Since launching WPtouch Pro 3, the Simple theme has served businesses by providing a clean, action-driven mobile experience. It has also been successfully used by many service and retail businesses to build a mobile site for small business with minor customizations and changes.

Although we love the elegance of Simple, we wanted to be able to do more for those businesses out of the box. Recent Google mobile research suggests that a whopping 55% of mobile visitors are looking to find a nearby business they can visit within the hour, and even more will use their experience of your website on their smartphones to decide whether they will ever walk in your door — a huge reason to offer a mobile site for your business and tailor it to what they’re looking for.

Create a mobile site for small business? No problem.

With that in mind, we set out to build Open, a mobile theme inspired by you and designed to help convert mobile web visitors into walk-in (or order-by-phone) customers.

Be Local.

Open shows today’s hours right on its homepage, which you can add and customize easily in settings. With a single tap, mobile visitors can access your full hours— or get a map view of your business location. With Open, setup is easy to get connected with the local mobile customers already looking to find you.

Convert everywhere.

Whether you want customers to make an appointment over the phone or book a table through a reservations provider, Open keeps your primary call to action accessible on every page and post of your mobile site.

Available today.

Open is available today for all Small Business, Agency & Enterprise WPtouch Pro licensed customers, at no additional charge. Head over to the WPtouch Pro Themes & Extensions screen in your WordPress admin and click Install or upgrade today to use the new Open theme, only for WPtouch Pro.

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